LYME Regis residents Peter and Barbara Lacey recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
The couple first met in Feltham, Middlesex, when they were just 15 years old. They were engaged aged 18 when Peter joined the Army and married in Feltham in 1954 after he completed his national service. The couple have a son and a daughter.
Having worked in the retail trade, Peter went to college as a mature student and qualified as a youth worker and Barbara also later qualified in youth work.
They first came to Dorset when Peter was appointed to Gillingham, later moving back to Surrey before settling in Lyme Regis 42 years ago when Peter took on the role of district youth worker for the Axe Valley, based at the Pippins Centre in Axminster.
Barbara volunteered at local youth clubs and worked at the Woodberry Down Adventure Centre in Lyme Regis. The couple also launched a Gateway Club for children with learning difficulties and Peter volunteered with the coastguard.
In more recent years, he has become known locally for his historical books, including ‘Ebb & Flow: The Story of Maritime Lyme Regis’ and ‘Elizabethan Lyme’.
The couple celebrated their sapphire wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Lyme Regis Golf Club and received their second congratulatory card from Her Majesty the Queen, having previous received one for their 60th anniversary.